Dahlia has a general practice in public law and civil litigation. She joined Olthuis van Ert after clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court. In 2021-22, Dahlia served as junior policy counsel on the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. More recently, Dahlia served as commission counsel on the Public Order Emergency Commission. In addition to her busy practice, Dahlia teaches Canadian Federalism Law at the University of Ottawa Civil Law Faculty.


Ontario (2019), British Columbia (2021)


BA (Ottawa), JD (Ottawa)


English, French, Spanish



Counsel work including applications, appeals, motions, and legal opinions.

Public law experience as counsel on two public inquiries and advising parties on cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Legal writing and teaching as lecturer of Canadian Federalism Law at the University of Ottawa Civil Law Faculty and the former Executive Editor of the Ottawa Law Review.

  • Ontario Bar (2019–present)
  • British Columbia Bar (2021–present)
  • Law clerk to Justice Malcolm Rowe of the Supreme Court of Canada (Jul 2019–Aug 2020)
  • Law clerk to Justice Patrick Gleeson of the Federal Court (Aug 2018–July 2019)

“Canadian Cases in Public International Law”, Canadian Yearbook of International Law, annually with Gib van Ert since 2021

Justice Malcolm Rowe & Dahlia Shuhaibar, “To Participate or Not to Participate: Judicial Involvement in the Community” (2020) 71 UNBLJ 275.

“How Would Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Comments about Donald Trump Play Out in Canada?” Slaw (18 October 2016)

  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, County of Carleton Law Association
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association